Forest of Imagination


Eyes of the Forest – Seeing Things Differently
12 Aug 2016

Eyes of the Forest – Seeing Things Differently

Our vision for the third Forest of Imagination was to highlight the relationship of Bath to the local and global environment. “Shining a light on the importance of global forests, and the capacity of Bath as a creative ecosystem” Andrew Grant RDI. This allowed us to create this ‘pop up’ event combining contemporary, multi-disciplinary installations with a kaleidoscope of events and activities: right in the...

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10,000 Touched by Playful, Creative Forest
16 Jun 2016

10,000 Touched by Playful, Creative Forest

Ten thousand people were touched by – the three giant inflatable Baobabs,  standing sentry in front of Bath Abbey protecting the city and offering a thought provoking conversation about the threat of this incredible tree species. All the creatures that coexist in their environment and how we can help to conserve their unique home in Madagascar. Each of the ten thousand people who passed through the Forest could not help...

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Collaboration Breeds Creativity
13 Jun 2016

Collaboration Breeds Creativity

The bedrock of the Forest of Imagination is collaboration. Many people contribute, create and bring the Forest of Imagination alive – be they teachers, artists, scientists, children, architects, environmentalists, carpenters, painters, gardeners, botanists, designers or free-thinkers – each discipline and new spark of an idea provides a unique element to the fundamental belief that creativity and freedom in creativity is at the heart of learning, discovery and potential. The...

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FOI t-shirts
04 Jun 2016

FOI t-shirts

During the Forest of Imagination event you’ll notice our wonderful stewards and volunteers wearing our iconic FOI t-shirt. Many have been asking how and where they can get their own FOI t-shirt… Well, we’re very proud to announce that you can celebrate creativity with your very own FOI Tee by backing our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign which is helping to raise essential funds for this free event – our gift to the City. You...

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Madagascar Conservation project
02 Jun 2016

Madagascar Conservation project

As part of the theme for this year’s Forest of Imagination we have teamed up with Bristol Zoo. Bristol Zoo’s Madagascar Conservation project has served as the basis for the narrative of this activity. In addition we have used the Madagascar Forests as our reference for the Global Forest aspect of this year’s Forest of Imagination. The hope is that we can capture people’s imagination and consideration for...

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Forest Eyes App – AR transforms Bath Abbey
26 May 2016

Forest Eyes App – AR transforms Bath Abbey

Exploding into the Forest of Imagination this year is Augmented Reality (AR) a new technology which is taking the world by storm and will transform the city streets and Bath Abbey right before your eyes. The Forest Eyes App will allow you to transform and re-design urban landscapes using your phone. A series of hidden forests and portals can be discovered using the App, which will create an...

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The House of Fairy Tales is coming back…
18 May 2016

The House of Fairy Tales is coming back…

Providing imaginative spaces to learn and play is not just about creating happy children but happy families, healthier communities and a thriving society too, says, The House Of Fairy Tales, the national children’s arts charity that engages with young people of all ages from any socio-economic or cultural background. Last year, The House of Fairy Tales bought The Curiovan, a mobile gallery and museum showcasing the natural world...

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The Vision: Bring Creativity to the Streets
17 May 2016

The Vision: Bring Creativity to the Streets

Flourishing in the collaborative heartland of Bath is a collusion of enlightened thinkers who believe creativity, imagination and the environment should be at the heart of thinking, education and our urban landscape. Together they developed a concept to bring this idea to life, to literally usher creativity into the streets, to remind the public that creativity is at the heart of our city and the centre of...

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Creative Companies take root in the Forest
12 May 2016

Creative Companies take root in the Forest

So you think you run a creative business? How would you like to put your creativity to the test and build us a beautiful tree? Your tree will stand proud and creative nutrient rich alongside trees made by local school children and local artists. It would be really wonderful to see local businesses, getting behind the Forest – restoring creativity to the heart of their thinking and...

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Volunteers make the Forest
05 May 2016

Volunteers make the Forest

Forest of Imagination could not go ahead with all of its many intricate layers and roots if we did not have a wide and varied team of volunteers from all over the city to help in the creation of what will become a programme of sensory installations, artworks, outdoor theatre and participatory creative activities at this four-day event. Forest reverberates in the hearts and minds of...

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Discover The Forest of Imagination 2016
03 May 2016

Discover The Forest of Imagination 2016

Research proves that creativity, imagination and inspiration can literally transform your emotional and physical wellbeing, providing nourishment for the human soul that will positively lift your spirits and enhance your daily physical experience. The Forest of Imagination will provide the city of Bath and all of its residents with this creative injection of curiosity for four days in June. The Forest of imagination is not just for children, but for adults, the...

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Martyn Ware to Create an Immersive Soundscape in Bath Abbey
28 Apr 2016

Martyn Ware to Create an Immersive Soundscape in Bath Abbey

Martyn Ware found fame at the height of the new wave, electronic and synthpop music era at a time when immense shoulder pads and brick-sized mobile phones went hand-in-hand: the mid-1980’s. Born in Sheffield, he was a founding member of two of the most respected groups at that time; The Human League and Heaven 17. This year, Forest of Imagination are utterly thrilled to have Martyn...

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